Workaround: Secure Erase Not Supported on Selected SSD Samsung

October 12, 2018

This article details why “Secure Erase not supported on selected SSD” when performing erasing on Samsung Magician and provides doable workarounds to wipe all data on Samsung SSD.

Secure Erase not supported on selected SSD

“Want to secure erase my Samsung 850 EVO SSD. I followed the guide of Samsung Magician to create a bootable USB drive first. Then, shut down my computer and boot from that USB drive. At the screen, I hit escape to get to the command line, and hit “Y” to scan. After a while, it finds my drive and I hit “Y” again to begin erase. That’s where the error pops up: Secure Erase is not supported by this SSD! What should I do to smoothly erase my Samsung SSD?”

Some users reported that Samsung Magician emerges selected SSD not supported error when they try to secure erase their 840/850 EVO disks. Everything goes smoothly at the beginning but aforementioned prompt comes out and stop the erase at the end. Well, why would this happen?

Why Samsung Secure Erase not supported on your SSD?

Generally speaking, there are many factors that may lead to Samsung secure erase failed on SSD. In a nutshell, following reasons could be one of the elements that affecting your Samsung SSD erasing.

  • Samsung Magician is not the latest version that released.

  • Your Samsung SSD such as 850 EVO does not have the newest firmware.

  • Your computer runs Windows 10 with a GPT formatted partition table. The Secure Erase feature does not support GPT disk.

  • Your SSD TCG Opal/Encrypted Drive feature is enabled.

Possibly, many other affecting factors are not listed here. But those are most common seen ones. It is fairly easy to solve covered issues as well. For the first two reasons, you can download the latest software and update SSD’s firmware to the newest accordingly.

For the third problem, you can either convert GPT to MBR without data loss in Windows 10 or connect the Samsung SSD to another MBR initialized computer and do the erasing. As for the last one, you can open Samsung Magician, and go to Data Security to set the drive to the state you need.

Workaround for Samsung Secure Erase not supported by selected SSD

If you still find the drive is not supported in Samsung Magician after complying above guides, you may need to turn to other Samsung SSD secure erase tools. For common data wiping, it is not a bad idea to ask Windows built-in tool Diskpart for help.

Clean data on Samsung SSD via Diskpart

Press R + Windows key simultaneously to bring out Run box. Type diskpart and hit Enter. Run it as administrator. In the pop-up command prompt, input following commands in line. Each command has an Enter followed by.

  • list disk

  • select disk n (n is the disk number of your Samsung SSD. You can tell it from disk capacity or in Disk Management)

  • clean (or clean all)

  • exit

Diskpart Clean Samsung SSD

Nevertheless, if you have special purposes for that SSD, you need special arrangement for its data wiping. For instance, you want to resell your Samsung SSD to strangers or give it away to others and you have to make sure all personal sensitive data on that disk cannot be recovered or retrieved by malicious intentions.

In that case, The software AOMEI Partition Assistant may do you a big favor. This software has dedicated function for SSD data erasing which works like a charm on Samsung 850 EVO, 850 PRO as well as other SSDs. Steps are easy to follow. You may want to try this software and take a closer look.

Step-by-step: Secure Erase Samsung SSD smoothly

Before start, you may want to connect your Samsung SSD to a Windows 7 based computer and make sure it is not the boot device. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant on that computer.

Step1: Right click the Samsung SSD at main interface and select “SSD Secure Erase” from the menu.

Samsung SSD Secure Erase

Step2: Choose Samsung SSD from the window.

Choose Samsung SSD

Step3: In the page of SSD identification information, you’ll find your Samsung SSD is in a frozen state which blocks erasing proceeding. You can refer to the link provided on the same page to perform a hot swap so that you can unfreeze the SSD.

SSD Frozen State

Step4: You should be able to erase the Samsung SSD after a hot swap. Wait for the erasing to be completed.

Samsung SSD Erasing Process

Tips: Initialize the Samsung SSD with AOMEI Partition Assistant or Disk Management after erasing if you wish to.

If get “Secure erase cannot be run on the selected drive because it is not a supported feature under Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012” problem when you erase SSD with Intel SSD Toolbox on neither Windows 8 nor Server 2012, you may want to download the latest version of Intel SSD Toolbox and make sure the selected SSD has newest firmware. If that not working, please refer to covered solutions.

Conclusion

When Secure Erase not supported on selected SSD with Samsung Magician, don’t panic. You always have another workaround. AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is an outstanding replacement for Samsung Secure Erase not working because it is more compatible. Except for disk erasing, this software is also excellent Samsung SSD reset tool that will restore its original performance.